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Can a Chiropractor Help a Pinched Nerve?

Pinched nerves can occur at any time, in any place of the body. While chiropractic care is focused on care and realignment of the spine, that doesn’t mean that chiropractic treatment can not help to relieve a pinched nerve elsewhere in the body. Furthermore, issues with trapped nerves that occur directly in the spine can be tackled by quality chiropractic techniques.

What is a Pinched Nerve?

A pinched nerve — or trapped nerve — arises when too much pressure is put on the nerve. This pressure can be caused by anything in the body surrounding it, such as bones, tissue, or muscle. When pressure is applied to the nerve, it can cause a pinching sensation, such as a tightness or tingling, which is due to the nerve’s normal function being restricted.

As nerves in the body are highly sensitive, pinched nerves can be very disruptive and even painful for anyone experiencing one. This nerve pain doesn’t have to go untreated, though; you can do something about the affected area.

Signs and Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve

It is important to make yourself aware of how a pinched nerve can make itself known so that you can seek professional care like a professional at Miami Beach chiropractor SnapCrack.

  • Numbness in a certain area
  • Tingling in a certain area
  • Pins and needles
  • Pain in the area, which can either be sharp and obvious or may feel more like a radiating burning sensation
  • Weakness
  • Lack of feeling in the area, such as the sensation that an area of your body has gone to sleep and is tingling with pins and needles as though you have been sat too long on your foot or arm, for example.

What May Cause a Pinched Nerve?

There are many lifestyle choices or specific events that can lead to pinched nerves. As a pinched nerve is a result of excess pressure on the nerve, it only follows that trapped nerves can occur due to a build-up of pressure from certain situations or activities. This could be:

  • A direct injury
  • A sport or a hobby
  • Obesity causing excess weight and pressure
  • Repetitive movement or pressure, such as pressure on the wrist when using a computer
  • Conditions such as arthritis

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help

When treating a pinched nerve, any undue pressure needs to be relieved from the nerve in question to eliminate pain and discomfort and have your body restored to working as it should. That’s where chiropractic care from a clinic like SnapCrack can help. Spinal manipulation and body adjustment aim to restore balance to the body and having joints moving as they should. This spinal adjustment means any excess pressure build-up can be released.

Furthermore, if pinched nerves have occurred due to misalignment of the spinal cord — such as excess pressure from a slipped herniated disc — chiropractic manipulation will see your spine back to its normal, healthy self and all pressure on any nerves released.

A professional like those at SnapCrack, a walk-in chiropractor in Miami Beach, will be able to source the place and cause of a pinched nerve to alleviate the symptoms and tackle the problem.

If you have already tried ice packs or taking a hot bath to reduce inflammation, with little to no success, then come down at your next opportunity to see how we can help you.

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